Since my last post about the 2009 bike to work day, I have been doing a lot of biking to work! It really picked up in the spring of 2010 when I was training for a big bike ride in June. Then, I changed job locations, closer to home, so the time that I would be commuting decreased. (I also lost the big hills that were helping my training...) I am now based at the Navy Yard in Southeast DC, which is about a 30 minute, 9 mile ride from my house. Enough to get a little bit of a workout, but not as much as I was getting.
If you have been paying any attention to the weather this year, you will know that it was a hot summer in DC. However, I did not let that stop me from riding to work! Fortunately, there is a gym at work that I can shower and change clothes in, so the heat didn't really affect me too much. Over the summer, I rode to work 45% of the time. This was low because of various ativities going on suring that summer where I needed to drive. However, toward the end of August, I decided that I would ramp things up, and see how many consecutive work days that I could ride.
Starting on August 25th, I have ridden to work every day, which brings the current total to 23 days, including my ride in this morning. About halfway through the month of Septemeber, I decided that a way to keep my streak going, I would have a goal of riding every work day of the month. As the month was coming to an end, I was worried that I may not be able to complete my goal! September was a pretty dry month, so I had great riding weather, but that all changed during the last week of the month when a ton of moisture from the tropics cruised up the east coast, passing right over DC. After monitoring the weather, the only day that I was worried about was September 30th, the last day of the month!!
After coming this far, I knew that I could not give up my goal easily. It wasn't a hurricane that was over DC, it was just a lot of rain, with some sporatic flooding. There weren't any crazy winds, so I braved the weather and accomplished my goal by riding all 18 days that I worked in the month of September.
I want to give a little bit of credit to my persistent riding to my friend Emily, who has been writing a blog about being car free, Going by Bike. Check it out!
*** P.S. There will be a big post coming soon about all that I have been up to since I last posted on the blog! Stay tuned!! ***